Chemistry

What you’ll study.

Chemistry and biochemistry. Meaning: molecules; theories of molecular structure and function; quantum mechanical models; intermolecular forces; reaction dynamics and kinetics; complex biological and inorganic chemical equilibria; and more. Plus, you’ll consider how chemistry contributes to our understanding of the world. All within an American Chemical Society-accredited program. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Synthesize new molecules. Make nanoparticles. Find the calorie content in snack foods. Use lab instruments highlighted in your favorite CSI program. Ask big questions and learn to solve big problems. Conduct research. Think, act and communicate like a molecular scientist. Share results with other scientists at a national meeting. Student opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Work in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry. Go to graduate school. Continue study in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health, nutrition, forensics, or law. Save the environment. With your problem-solving skills and liberal arts background, you can also pursue careers in business, marketing, Hollywood, and elsewhere. Potential career paths.

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Sowa, '03

Assistant Professor,
Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine

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